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Agile Portugal - Liberating Structures - An Antidote to Zombie Scrum

Agile Portugal - Liberating Structures - An Antidote to Zombie Scrum

Scrum is HUGE! It’s massively adopted by organizations. That’s of course awesome! Except for the fact that many organizations and teams think they’re doing Scrum, while they’re not. Sure, they’ve got all the Scrum roles, events and artifacts in place. But there’s no working software at the end of the Sprint. There’s no drive to improve. No involvement of customers and users during development. This might look like Scrum from the surface. But it isn’t. This is Zombie-Scrum, and we need to stop it!

During the presentation, you’ll learn more about the causes and symptoms of Zombie-Scrum. Even more important, you’ll discover an antidote: Liberating Structures. Please note: this presentation isn’t for the faint of heart. Be brave. Join the resistance and help us fight Zombie-Scrum!

Barry Overeem

May 31, 2019

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  1. A Word of Warning... Chances are, you will be... •

    Overwhelmed → by learning a new language • Shocked → by the state of Scrum • Confused → a presentation about Liberating Structures? • Annoyed → 1 minute conversations?! • Terrified → Scrum Zombies in the room? • Even more confused → Liberating Strategy? • Completely lost → Strategy Knotworking?!
  2. The State of Scrum(.org) Scrum is HUGE! It’s massively adopted

    by organizations! Some numbers: • 256 Professional Scrum Trainers worldwide • 143.000 people trained around the world • 3.250.000 people have taken the open assessments • 300.000 people are certified • 100+ Scrum books • 10.000.000+ Scrum articles
  3. The Real State of Scrum Many organizations think they’re doing

    Scrum… But it’s not Scrum… It’s...
  4. Meet the Zombie Scrum Research Team Barry Overeem - Doctor

    Stubble Christiaan Verwijs - Captain Curly Johannes Schartau - Lord Red Beard
  5. Cause of Zombie Scrum • Complex organizational structures • Plan

    → build → test → run • “Business” and “IT” • Cherry picking Scrum • Tools, tools, tools • Maturity models... • “Agile” Contracts
  6. The Silver Bullet Answer Transform the whole process of strategy-making

    for implementing Scrum by using Liberating Structures
  7. How We Have Used It Individual coaching Team coaching Growing

    communities Public meetups Growing The Liberators Scrum.org classes Team kickoffs Team reboots Scrum events Family life Scrum Master Learning Journey
  8. Strategy Knotworking “An approach for shaping the future while creatively

    adapting in the moment.” - Keith McCandless & Johannes Schartau
  9. “Shaping answers together builds ownership, trust, and momentum for action.

    It creates a story that is authored, owned and operated by everyone.” - Keith McCandless & Johannes Schartau
  10. The result... By using Strategy Knotworking organizations… • Started doing

    Scrum • Continued doing Scrum • Stopped doing Scrum Bottom line: less Zombie Scrum! Some examples are...
  11. ‘Unleashing Organisational Superpowers’ As The Liberators, we take a radical

    approach to organizational change. Rather than taking the lead, we empower people within organizations to drive change themselves. As facilitators we create space where people can tackle difficult challenges together while also having fun. Inspired by the fields of complexity science and organizational psychology, we use Scrum and Liberating Structures to deliver fast-paced interactions, high involvement and creative destruction. With a strong focus on radical transparency, an experiential approach and creating a shared purpose, we put organizations in a position to thrive on complexity rather than being defeated by it. Are you ready to leave your comfort zone and unleash your superpowers?